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Biking Northern Michigan: The Best & Safest Routes in the Lower Peninsula

Robert Downes

ISBN 10: 0982134460 / ISBN 13: 9780982134467
Published by The Wandering Press, 2016
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Title: Biking Northern Michigan: The Best & Safest ...

Publisher: The Wandering Press

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: second.

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Packed with more than 40 cycle routes, funny stories, history and dining recommendations, "Biking Northern Michigan" will have you ready to ride one of America’s top cycling destinations. The guide also includes what kind of bike to ride on your chosen route (ie. road, mountain, hybrid), what gear you'll need for the trip, "must-visit" stops along the way and other practical information. Veteran cyclist Robert Downes guides you along 1,400 miles of Northern Lower Michigan’s best and safest bike routes, including:· Traverse City’s TART Trail, Petoskey’s Wheelway and the Leelanau Trail· The best of Benzie, Emmet, Antrim and Leelanau counties· A 450-mile Great Northern Loop· Cycling from Grand Rapids to Traverse City· Epic rides from Gaylord, Harbor Springs and Alpena to the Mackinac Straits.· Lake Michigan island adventures & more!

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Author and world traveler Robert (Bob) Downes has been inspiring readers to pursue their dreams of travel and adventure for more than three decades. A resident of Traverse City, Michigan, Downes, 65, is the author of three nonfiction books: "Planet Backpacker" (2008)," Biking Northern Michigan" (2014), "I Promised You Adventure," (2018) and the historical novel, "Windigo Moon," (2017). A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Downes earned a B.A. in journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1976. Thereafter, he worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in metro Detroit, with a stint in hospital public relations in the 1980s. In 1991, Downes and his friend, George Foster, launched the alternative newsweekly, "Northern Express Weekly." The publication was a hit with readers and went on to become northern Michigan's largest weekly newspaper with a readership of more than 75,000, covering a radius of more than 150 miles of the region. Downes served as editor and co-publisher of the newsweekly for 22 years until its sale in December, 2013. Under his leadership, the publication earned numerous Michigan Press Association awards, including the highest honor for "General Excellence." Concurrently, Downes indulged his passion for world travel, mostly as a backpacker and cyclist, using local transportation, hostels, campsites and guest houses. He has visited more than 70 countries with destinations ranging from the supercities of the Third World to the heart of the American wilderness. In 2011, he and his wife, Jeannette Wildman, spent seven months backpacking around the world, resulting in their memoir, "I Promised You Adventure." A former Ironman triathlete, Downes is also an ardent cyclist and his guidebook, "Biking Northern Michigan," is a regional best seller. Downes has cycled in Australia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Peru, England, Ireland and across continental Europe in addition to routes around the U.S. In the summer of 2016, he cycled more than 2,700 miles over the Rockies and across the Great Plains from Seattle to his home in Michigan. He and his wife Jeannette have two adult children and seven grandchildren. The couple makes their winter home in Mexico and the American Southwest.

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